Course Title: Deliver nursing care to consumers with mental health conditions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5139C

Course Title: Deliver nursing care to consumers with mental health conditions

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact : City B Killey / Bundoora V Decleva

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254809 / 99257539

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Vivienne Decleva   (Bundoora) 99257539
Bruce Killey (City) 99254809

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTEN509A Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTEN402A Communicate effectively in a nursing role.

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the nursing care and management of consumers with mental health conditions

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN410A Deliver nursing care to consumers with mental health conditions


HLTEN401A/01 Address requirements of the state/territory Mental Health Act.
HLTEN401A/02 Respond appropriately to signs of mental illness.
HLTEN401A/03 Contribute to planning care for consumers with mental health conditions.
HLTEN401A/04 Contribute to the care of a consumer with a mental health disorder.
HLTEN401A/05 Assist evaluation of outcomes of planned nursing activities.
HLTEN401A/06 Apply self protection

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explain the concept of mental illness
1.2Apply an understanding of the history, social, political and economic context of mental health in Australia
1.3 Support the rights of the consumer with mental health conditions
1.4 Apply and understanding of national and State/Territory mental health policies and strategies
1.5 Work in a manner that reflects an understanding of the underpinning values and philosophies of mental health care and is consistent with legal obligations
2.1Identify conditions relating to the mental state and behaviour of consumers using broad classifications of mental illness and terms commonly associated with mental conditions
2.2Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and respond within the role of an enrolled nurse
2.3 Recognise bio-psychosocial effects of mental health disorders
2.4 Recognise stereotyping and stigma associated with mental illness and practice in a manner which minimises the effects of negative behaviours and discrimination
2.5Recognise the impact of stigma and discrimination on consumers with mental health conditions, and reflect on own attitudes and values
2.6Apply feedback from consumers and carers in adjusting own practice
3.1Participate as a member of the health care team in the treatment of consumers with mental health conditions within the role of enrolled nurse
3.2Gather, record and document data according to health care environment policy
3.3Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
3.4Observe signs and symptoms of changing behaviours and report to registered nurse
3.5Participate as a member of the health care team to plan the treatment of consumers with mental health conditions within the role of enrolled nurse
3.6Demonstrate understanding of the consumer’s right to contribute to their own care planning.
4.1Implement nursing interventions of a mental health consumer
4.2Plan, prioritise and implement nursing interventions for a mental health consumer based on the individual care plan in conjunction with treating team
4.3Reflect the individuality and needs of each consumer when undertaking nursing interventions to assist the consumer to meet their holistic needs
4.4Document behaviour patterns or characteristics in the client’s care plan
4.5Work in a manner that aims to provide respect and dignity to consumers
4.6Assist the consumer and significant others to participate in therapeutic nursing interventions
4.7Perform nursing interventions in accordance with professional, legal and organisation requirements reflecting non-discriminatory practice as delegated by registered nurse
4.8 Recognise emergency situations, act upon, document and report according to organisation policy and procedures
5.1Document consumer response to nursing interventions and report to the registered nurse or other appropriate mental health care team member
5.2Comply with the legal responsibilities and duty of care in all nursing interventions
5.3Apply ethical and moral concepts to all clinical interventions
6.1Identify triggers of problem behaviours and within the scope of enrolled nursing practice, initiate prevention strategies
6.2Maintain safety of self and others

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of enrolled nurses to contribute to planning and provision of care for consumers suffering mental health disorders, and assist in evaluating outcomes.

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement
Role play

Teaching Schedule

1. Intro to Mental Health – the team, resources and service providers including Community initiatives & courses of action, inclusive of substance use &abuse
2. Appropriate communication & relationship building strategies & therapeutic environment.
3. Common terms, diagnosis, care & support mechanisms associated with anxiety disorders.
4. Common terms associated diagnosis, care & support mechanisms associated with mood disorders.
5. Common terms associated diagnosis, care & support mechanisms associated with personality disorders.
6. Common terms associated diagnosis, care & support mechanisms associated with Dementia.
7. Common terms associated diagnosis, care & support mechanisms associated with psychotic disorders including Schizophrenia

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2009. Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing. 3rd. Ed. Elsevier


Elder, R. Evans, K., Nizette D. 2005. Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Elsevier- Mosby
Gaylord . C., 2007. Mental Health Nursing. 2nd Ed. Pearson /Prentice Hall.
Williams & Wilkins.2007. Basic Concepts of Psychiatric Mental Health. 7th Lippincott.

Other Resources

Not applicable

Overview of Assessment

Observation in the work place
Written examination

Assessment Tasks

• Written exam
• Supporting statement of supervisor - clinical competency tool

Assessment Matrix

Written examination per timetable and

Clinical competencies assessment tool must be sucessfully completed

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